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OK, I get it now

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I don't need to change my recorded weight at SP every time there's a fluctuation on the scales. If I've had a day or two of extra indulgences, of course it's going to show that I've gained--but twice now, the next day my weight is back to normal. Having supposedly gained five pounds over the weekend, I've "lost" it again with one day of more normal eating.

So from now on I'll change my SP weight only if a gain proves to last more than a few days.

I'm thankful to have slept better last night. Ilyse, thanks for reminding me about black cohosh. I have some black cohosh tea, but it tastes pretty wretched so I don't drink it often. I should try supplements & see if they help.

Last night I attended the funeral of a church friend--a man who had had many struggles & failures in life (addictions, failed marriage, periods of homelessness) but who became amazingly healthy, mature, generous, & fruitful as an artist after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in about 2000. I was in a church small group with him in 2006-2007 & it was a privilege. Members of the church rallied around him & spent LOTS of time with him, especially after he entered hospice care last fall. The funeral was a magnificent celebration--very nurturing to the soul.

I am blessed to be in such a faith community, even though I can't invest nearly as much time in it (especially in building friendships) as I'd like.

  
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PJBOKC 5/6/2008 12:36AM

    I agree with the "scale thing", Ruth. I don't change my record for fluctuations. I did when I regained the weight after my injury in January.

The website (Wise Woman Herbals) has an elixir with black cohosh. The elixir would probably be absorbed well, and the amount would be smaller than tea so you wouldn't have to tolerate the taste long.

I'm so glad your friend had a "good ending". My DIL's cousin died a couple of years ago - was only in his early 30's and had battled cancer since he was 13 years old. His brother is a minister and he gave a very moving sermon about finishing the race strong. Sounds like it would fit for your friend also. It's wonderful when a person changes their life for the better, and finishes their life here on a positive note.

So good to hear from you today!

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SHANSHE 4/29/2008 6:38PM

    Sorry to hear about your friend, but at the same time, so glad it was nourishing to your soul.

I figured the scale would go back down quickly! Congrats on that! :)

Sooo glad you got some better sleep last night.

Shannon

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Retreat & my body

Monday, April 28, 2008

The church retreat was good. Well, the speaker/facilitator was rather lame, actually, though he was a nice guy. But the place was beautiful & serene, & we had a really good time chatting with various people over meals & getting to know them better.

Went on a nature walk, which was absolutely lovely--the woods were full of wildflowers--but I won't count it as exercise because the pace was very sedate. On Sunday I ran a few times between the main building & my cabin--that was some real exercise & I'll count it.

I ate more than I needed, & the scales show me up five pounds today! Am going to see if I can get back down into the 150s this week without starting to track again. I need to be disciplined, but I'm short on time. And I think the extra pounds will come off quickly because they were added in such a short time.

Sleeping is still not great, despite all the wonderful fresh air (extra oxygen normally makes one sleepy) & even though last night I took 35 mg of medication. Menopause is definitely not my favorite time of life. Even though the weather is (mostly) good for running, it's hard to get up to run if I haven't had enough sleep. Still, I'm not suffering the horrendous agitated sleeplessness that makes me feel depressed during the day, so I'm thankful for that.

  
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YAHTZEELOU 4/29/2008 8:23AM

    I'm glad that your retreat was nice! I'm sending you big hugs, hoping they will lull you into a peaceful sleep! emoticon

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ILYSE721 4/28/2008 6:24PM

    The surroundings for your retreat sound really nice. I missed mine this year.

Have you tried Black Cohosh for the menopause symptoms? It seems to work for me.

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SHANSHE 4/28/2008 3:34PM

    I am glad you enjoyed your weekend, I wish the speaker had been better, but well, you know sometimes that is the way it works out!

Have a wonderful week and those five pounds will drop off in no time!
Shannon

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Hurrying!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I can see that I'm going to be working well into the night. But here's what has been accomplished today:

1. Went to the doctor. It IS shingles! I'm now taking an antiviral. It's only a mild outbreak, & hopefully it'll stay relatively pain free.

2. I talked to the doctor about my insomnia: with the increased dosage of Amitriptyline my sleeping has improved, but my body still gets into grooves of sleeplessness. She agreed with my suggestion of prescribing some 10-mg caplets, so that I can add one to my normal 25-mg dosage any night that I need to make sure the prior night's insomnia doesn't become a pattern.

3. I've made good headway in the chapter I'm editing.

4. I got a repairman for the washing machine; he came in the early afternoon & got it fixed. I have finished all the laundry now! Four extra-large loads (my clothes plus the household linens).

5. My (vegetarian) stepdaughter took off today to NY/NJ for a month of work & fun, & we celebrated by grilling chicken for dinner! It started to rain just as I headed out the back door to light the grill, but I opened an umbrella & forged ahead anyway. My husband got some quick veggies ready, & we had a GREAT meal (indoors, of course). Yum!

6. Tonight I was finally able to hand over the bookkeeping books & files to the person who is taking over as treasurer for our condo association (a position rotated among five units). What a relief!

Still HAVEN'T gotten anything done on the poster, except that I bought a few materials when I was out. So I'm going to keep working doggedly till I finish the editing, then make the poster.

I'll be away over the weekend. Picture me among the trees . . . it's going to be lovely.

  
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PJBOKC 4/25/2008 10:15AM

    WHEW!!! I'm tired just reading your post. emoticon on getting a lot of things "off your plate" especially your bookkeeping duties - those things can be like a weight around your neck. I hope you accomplish what you need to on the editing project so that it will be off your mind for the weekend retreat.

Don't worry about the poster. I know with all your involvement in Columbian activities, and your creativity, you'll be able to put something together quickly once you have time to work on it.

Get some rest - seriously, Ruth. You need some R&R for the shingles to resolve and not get worse.

Enjoy, treasure every moment at the retreat. I just said a prayer for you.

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Paula

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SHANSHE 4/24/2008 10:21PM

    WOW!!!! You have been superwoman today! I really wish that towards the end of the day i could list that many accomplishments... maybe someday.

Enjoy your weekend, it is sure to be fun, and such a renewal!
Shannon

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Slightly off

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Excuse the upcoming rant--today I'm slightly off-kilter. For the past couple of days I've had an ugly skin inflammation on the side of a breast--I suspect shingles (never seen them before, but I looked at some online photos & it looks that way). It doesn't itch & just hurts slightly. So tomorrow morning I'm missing a work meeting so as to go to see my doctor; I'll work from home before & after the appointment. I'm not worried about the shingles, but it's another THING to deal with as I'm (a) trying hard to finish up a very late project at work, (b) waiting for a signature page to be faxed to me so I can start on my new huge freelance project, & (c) aware that we need to start getting our stuff together to take on our church retreat--we leave Friday evening pretty much as soon as I get home from work. I've agreed to make a Colombia poster for that, & honestly I haven't yet figured out what to put on it. My dad called the other day & didn't leave a message. One of our building's washers went on the blink the other day, at the same time that one of the outlets for the washers stopped working. We got an electrician to fix the outlet, but nobody has yet taken initiative to get a repair person for the washer. My laundry is way behind.

Oh, & Ted, a lovely man from church, died of lung cancer the other day. For weeks I had been meaning to go see him. I feel sad to have missed doing so--but he died surrounded by his daughter, our pastor, his dear friend who served as his hospice nurse, her husband, & a few other friends from church. They knew he was going, & they read scripture & sang & prayed as he died. I am thankful that he died surrounded by so much love & faith.

  
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PJBOKC 4/25/2008 10:04AM

    Ruth,

I see from your blog of 4/24 that you do have shingles - and it's no wonder girl. you have so much going on in your life. It can occur with stress, or not. I'm sure you read it's from a dormant chicken pox (varicella virus), and goes along a nerve pathway so is usually unilateral (only on one side). My husband had shingles around Christmas. I think I wrote about it on our team site. It can take a couple of months for the tenderness and redness to resolve. I hope you can find some time to get some rest and relaxation this weekend on the retreat.

I sense you might be worried about your dad - hope everything is ok there. Let us know.

I'm sorry about your friend, Ted. How wonderful to be ushered into heaven surrounded by loving friends and family, praising and fellowshipping with the Father. And may God bless his hospice nurse - the Midwife for His Soul. God was watching over Ted. It gives me a warm feeling just to think about it.

Hang in there, Ruth, and please take care of yourself.

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SHANSHE 4/24/2008 1:29AM

    I had a small patch of shingles on the back of my neck just at the edge of my hairline once. They say they are caused by stress... well geesh! Who isn't stressed these days? They gave me Valtrex for them (you know the "herpes" pill! But, hey, it helped and i felt pretty rough physically.

However, i will pray that whatever this is, shingles or no will run it course and be gone SOON or at least not hinder you from getting what you need to do done.

The thought of laundry makes me shutter, i have about 10-15 loads i could do, no kidding. We live in apt. and we do not have washer and ryer and we often do not have $ for laundromat, so have to rely on the kindnesses of family in order to get our laundry done..., plus, life is so busy.

Anyway, did not mean tov ent on your blog, but just saying, i feel your pain, I understand.

Love ya and hang in there Ruth, you are one special lady!
Shannon

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ILYSE721 4/24/2008 12:06AM

    Sounds like it has been a rough time. Glad to hear your friend had so much going on around him when it was his time.

I will be praying that you skin issue heals quickly causing the least discomfort possible so you can continue doing all you have on your plate. I will also pray that you have the inspiration necessary to compleate your poster on time.

Time for bed - just wanted to stop by and say hi while I had the chance.

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Ilyse

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I survived

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Incredibly Busy Week is now over, & everything worked out REALLY well. The best was helping to lead the service yesterday in church, teaching a song in Spanish, & participating in a Colombia focus (brief stories with slides, postcards on Colombia policy for folks to sign to send to their representatives, prayer for the country's special needs).

Fortunately my mongo editing project (which will take up much of my Saturday & evening time for the next 6 months) has not yet arrived, so I was able to catch up on other things on Saturday & take a delicious nap Sunday afternoon. I went running on Saturday! Combined it with running errands: UPS store, post office, pharmacy. So glad our weather is finally warming up a bit.

I'll try to catch up with my Sparkfriends today. I've missed you!

  
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PJBOKC 4/23/2008 10:47PM

    Ruth so glad you made it through your busy week. How cool to sing in Spanish. We've had that some in our church in OKC especially on holidays. We have a Spanish service at the same time as our service. One Christmas Eve they sang Silent Night in Spanish - so beautiful.

I know you'll be busy when your new project arrives. Hope we continue to hear from you some.

Take care of yourself. I miss you girl!

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P. S. Don't know why this posted twice - but couldn't get one deleted. So miss you double!

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PJBOKC 4/23/2008 10:47PM

    Ruth so glad you made it through your busy week. How cool to sing in Spanish. We've had that some in our church in OKC especially on holidays. We have a Spanish service at the same time as our service. One Christmas Eve they sang Silent Night in Spanish - so beautiful.

I know you'll be busy when your new project arrives. Hope we continue to hear from you some.

Take care of yourself. I miss you girl!

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SHANSHE 4/21/2008 2:49PM

    Soooo glad you are back Ruth! Sounds like you are feeling much better!
Shannon

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